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Definition of discourse noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] (formal) a long and serious treatment or discussion of a subject in speech or writing a discourse on issues of gender and sexuality He was hoping for some lively political discourse at the meeting.
  2. 2[uncountable] (linguistics) the use of language in speech and writing in order to produce meaning; language that is studied, usually in order to see how the different parts of a text are connected spoken/written discourse discourse analysis
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: discourse